Kohima: The Engineer working at the site of the Pressure Swing Adsorption Oxygen Generation Plant of the Naga Hospital Authority in Kohima (NHAK) has assured Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom that the plant is expected to become fully operational within a week or two.
According to a tweet of Minister Pangnyu that he has visited the NHAK yesterday when the Engineer working for the plant gave the assurance and informed that the Oxygen plant in the first phase at NHAK is expected to become fully operational within a week with a capacity of 300 litres per minute (LPM).
For the installation of Oxygen Plants at Dimapur and Mokokchung, he said that all the equipment, except the compressors, have reached and these will be airlifted very soon after which installation will begin. It was also informed that the oxygen plant at District Hospital Dimapur and IMDH Mokokchung each have a capacity of producing 200 LPM.
The Minister also informed that as the second wave of Coronavirus hit the country, taking the shortage of oxygen supply into account, the Indian government has announced setting up of 551 medical oxygen generation plants inside public health facilities across the country.11 oxygen generation plants are to be set up in all the district hospitals across the State with the first phase in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung.
Pangnyu further informed that the Engineer further said that the Absteem Technologies were used to the installation, where it is 94-96% as prescribed for medical use and informed that once the Oxygen Plant is operational it can produce 300 LPM which will amount to 432000 litres per day. He assured the best to make the Oxygen Plant operational at the earliest and it will take ten or more days to be fully functional. He informed that leakage testing will be carried out today (May 06) and if everything goes well, a trial run will be carried out tomorrow 9 (May 7).
Phom further informed that PSA Oxygen Generation Plants for Tuensang and Phek is being supported by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and through UNICEF for Wokha, Mon, Zunheboto, Peren, Kiphire and Longleng. The proposal for Noklak has been made to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in New Delhi, he added.